diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a graphic design that explains rather than represents especially : a drawing that shows arrangement and relations (as of parts)
2 : a line drawing made for mathematical or scientific purposes

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd How to pronounce diagramed (audio) \; diagramming or diagraming\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​miŋ How to pronounce diagraming (audio) \

Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to represent by or put into the form of a diagram diagram a sentence diagram a football play

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Other Words from diagram

Noun

diagrammable \ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgra-​mə-​bəl How to pronounce diagrammable (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatic \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​tik How to pronounce diagrammatic (audio) \ or less commonly diagrammatical \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce diagrammatical (audio) \ adjective
diagrammatically \ ˌdī-​ə-​grə-​ˈma-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce diagrammatically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms for diagram

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of diagram in a Sentence

Noun a diagram of the nervous system This diagram shows how the clock operates. Verb The coach diagrammed the new play on the blackboard. The students were required to diagram a sentence.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The viewer is invited to juxtapose these mortality rates against a concentric circle in each diagram that expresses the average mortality rate of Manchester, one of the deadliest towns in England at the time. Popular Science, "Infographics have helped keep us alive for centuries," 7 Sep. 2020 This diagram draws the reader’s attention with a simple puzzle: A horizontal line implies a criterion; our goal as viewers is to discover the difference between the curve that meets this criterion versus the curve that exceeds it. Andrew Gelman, Wired, "Is Your Chart a Detective Story? Or a Police Report?," 25 Aug. 2020 Note the stripe of 70-mph-plus peak wind gusts in the diagram. Washington Post, "Tropical storm warning for D.C. and Baltimore as Isaias to unleash very heavy rain, strong winds," 3 Aug. 2020 In the below clip, the 49ers have four down linemen but overload the Falcons’ right side by standing only linebacker Fred Warner over the 2 and 4 gaps (for a diagram of how defensive lines number their gaps, see below). Ellis L. Williams, cleveland, "Borrowing from the 49ers’ defensive line approach could propel the Browns’ Myles Garrett to his best season yet : Film review," 20 Aug. 2020 Unlike the interpretive transference of a drawing, or the abstract data of a diagram, the camera was clear and direct, a vehicle for proof. Jessica Helfand, Scientific American, "Darwin, Expression, and the Lasting Legacy of Eugenics," 13 Aug. 2020 Beginners appreciated the convenient threading diagram printed on the machine. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "Does the Singer Heavy Duty Sewing Machine live up to its name?," 11 Aug. 2020 In that diagram, the green shade indicates a plume of deep, rich moisture streaming from southwest to northeast across the region. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "How a flash flood engulfed Leesburg on Thursday night and the risk for more deluges today in the D.C. area," 7 Aug. 2020 Straw sandals were the norm, so podiatry was a serious matter: The book includes a diagram on how to alleviate foot pain, and suggests a folk remedy, a mash of earthworms and mud, be applied to aching arches. Hiroshi Okamoto, Smithsonian Magazine, "The Way of the Shogun," 9 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Better than that, the coaches have the ability to place an inset on the screen diagramming plays Deer Park will want to employ next season. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Deer Park football program adapting as best as possible in these troubling times," 16 Apr. 2020 His stiff-necked sense of authenticity and his self-confidence in his salesman’s ability to close the deal make his every burst of oratory a daunting challenge to those who diagram sentences. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Joe Biden wants to be a normal president in a highly abnormal age.," 6 Jan. 2020 Drawings at the time, produced as part of the city’s environmental review process, diagramed the heart of the Western Yard as a greensward with a lawn passing beneath the High Line and spilling to 12th Avenue at West 30th Street. Michael Kimmelman, New York Times, "Hudson Yards Promised a Park. They Didn’t Mention the Giant Wall.," 10 Jan. 2020 Even after squandering a 15-point lead and allowing the Pistons to surge in front Tuesday night, the brief review allowed the Cavs to diagram a play. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers’ fourth-quarter issues fall on John Beilein, Collin Sexton and bad habit of misusing Kevin Love," 8 Jan. 2020 And don’t worry, the set comes complete with a handy how-to diagram for any facial tool newcomers. Tanisha Pina, NBC News, "8 best skin care sets to gift for the 2019 holidays," 7 Dec. 2019 Position groups did their own things, with safeties coach Joe Harasymiak asking players to diagram Xs and Os on the white big board. Andy Greder, Twin Cities, "Practice pressure kept Gophers sharp for big moments like today vs. Badgers," 29 Nov. 2019 Each layer of the neural network makes multiple, parallel connections between certain words while ignoring others — akin to a student diagramming a sentence in elementary school. Quanta Magazine, "Machines Beat Humans on a Reading Test. But Do They Understand?," 17 Oct. 2019 Eleven elders were executed in a Pittsburgh synagogue in the deadliest attack on jewish americans in history— & there’s no way to make sense of this sentence in language. to diagram or scan it. Sam Sax, The New Republic, "L’Simcha: Tree of Life," 4 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of diagram

Noun

1619, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for diagram

Noun

Greek diagramma, from diagraphein to mark out by lines, from dia- + graphein to write — more at carve

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Time Traveler for diagram

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The first known use of diagram was in 1619

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Last Updated

18 Sep 2020

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“Diagram.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/diagram. Accessed 22 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for diagram

diagram

noun
How to pronounce diagram (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing that explains or shows the parts of something

diagram

verb

English Language Learners Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

US : to show or explain (something) in a diagram

diagram

noun
di·​a·​gram | \ ˈdī-ə-ˌgram How to pronounce diagram (audio) \

Kids Definition of diagram

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a drawing, plan, or chart that makes something clearer or easier to understand

diagram

verb
diagrammed or diagramed\ ˈdī-​ə-​ˌgramd \; diagramming or diagraming\ -​ˌgra-​miŋ \

Kids Definition of diagram (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put in the form of a drawing, plan, or chart The coach diagrammed the new play.

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